It is a friendly rivalry.
Utility back Kori Rupene and solid centre Kieran Moffat both
want to score the most tries for Taieri Rugby Club this
They shared the top spot in the Dunedin premier club rugby
competition last year with 17 tries.
Rupene (24) has taken the lead after the first round of the
competition, with six tries.
Moffat has scored four.
''We both scored 17 tries last year,'' Rupene said.
''I'm up on him at the moment and I want to take him.''
Rupene shifted south from Auckland in 2011 to start a
building apprenticeship and has now completed his course.
He had a knee injury in 2011 and only played three games
and did not score any tries.
There has been an intense rivalry with Moffat for the try
scoring awards over the last three years.
Moffat won in 2012, when he scored 13 tries to Rupene's 11.
They shared the top spot last year.
Rupene was educated at Howick College in Auckland and played
in the First XV for two years.
He played premier rugby in Auckland before coming to Dunedin
and played for the Auckland Colts.
Rupene came south at the right time and has won two Dunedin
championship banners with the Taieri premier team.
He analysed why the club has been so successful over the last
''It's the mateship and camaraderie that's in the club,'' he
''Our supporters are going to be here if we win or lose. It's
such a good following.''
A feature of Taieri club rugby since its elite team got back
into premier ranks in 2009 has been the crowd support at
Peter Johnstone Park.
The fans stay at the club after the game and chat with the
players during the after-match function at the clubrooms.
''It's good playing for a club like this because you've got
all the old boys who want to talk to you and tell you all the
stories,'' he said.
''They are a great bunch of mates on and off the field. It's
so good to be involved in a successful club. Rupene has
appreciated the big support from the Taieri supporters at
''We have good crowds home and away,'' he said.
''You always know that they are going to be there, no matter
what kind of weather.''
Rupene has talent and the potential to reach higher levels in
''I want to make it to the highest level of rugby that is
possible for me,'' Rupene said.
''Now that I've got my building apprenticeship, rugby is just
fun for me and I'm pretty excited about that.''